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Meet Author John H. Cunningham at Meeting of the Minds

October 31st, 2012


In early November, the Parrotheads will touch down on Key West for the 21st annual Meeting of the Minds (MOTM) 2012 festivities, and island-themed authors John H. Cunningham, Andy Forsyth and Michael Haskins will host a signing and reading from their recent releases at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon on Friday, November 2.

Cunningham, creator of the Buck Reilly Adventure Series, will read from his recently released novel GREEN TO GO, where Buck’s hunt for missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning him over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm. For more information, visit www.jhcunningham.com.

Readers will enjoy Forsyth’s Trop Rock Songs Stories and Tales, a non-fiction read detailing the stories as told by trop rock singer/songwriters about their songs. For more information, visit www.troprocksongs.com.

Fans of the Mick Murphy Key West mysteries will get to hear Michael Haskins read from Stairway to the Bottom, a fast-paced read in which Mick faces off against a hit man. For more information, visit www.michaelhaskins.net.


Tagged in Books, Parrotheads

Meet Author John H. Cunningham at Meeting of the Minds

October 3rd, 2012


What does stolen treasure, Cuban secret police and Jimmy Buffett’s old plane have in common?

All are part of the major plotline of Key West writer John H. Cunningham’s latest Buck Reilly Adventure—GREEN TO GO.

Cunningham will host a series of signings in Key West during Meeting of the Minds “Meet the Authors” Event from November 1-3:

MOTM 2012 SIGNING SCHEDULE:
11/1: 9-11, 1-3, 5-7 at Casa Marina
11/2: 9-10:30 at Casa Marina
11/2: 1-3at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon (4 Charles Street) with authors Michael Haskins and Andrew Forsyth
11/3: 11-1 at Casa Marina

Locals have come to love John H. Cunningham and the Buck Reilly Adventure Series, which includes RED RIGHT RETURN and GREEN TO GO (Green Street Publishing; $3.99 eBook).

In GREEN TO GO, good news turns bad fast, and the bad just keeps coming…The unexpected contents of his parent’s Swiss bank account offers Buck Reilly a chance to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in since the recession hit, but first he must recover the treasure maps and clues he lost at sea. Those plans get put on hold when a friend is accused of orchestrating the biggest theft in Key West’s sordid history, and the FBI uses Buck’s past against him to demand that he search for the thieves who fled aboard a hundred year-old schooner.

No good deed goes unpunished, and Buck’s dogged by greed and double-crosses from Key West to the Bahamas and points south. His hunt for the missing treasure pits him against a crazed mercenary, Peruvian rebels, rogue Cuban Secret Police and a beautiful woman torn between turning Buck over to the authorities or succumbing to his easy charm.

If you love John D. MacDonald, Clive Cussler, Tom Corcoran, Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen, Buck’s faults, quirks, humanity and heroics will appeal to you. Cunningham’s clever, thrill-seeking mysteries will leave you guessing.

For locals, you’ll hear a lot about famed Key West locales – Blue Heaven, La Concha Hotel, Pepe’s, Margaritaville and others.

For more information about the author, visit www.jhcunningham.com


Tagged in Books, Parrotheads

Uke ‘An Play Jimmy Buffett

January 15th, 2011


Alfred Music Publishing proudly expands its collection of Jimmy Buffett sheet music with a new ukulele songbook, featuring easy ukulele arrangements to many of his best-loved songs.

Uke ‘An Play Jimmy Buffett contains twenty “Parrothead” classics arranged for easy ukulele, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Come Monday,” “Margaritaville,” “Off to See the Lizard,” “Why Don’t We Get Drunk,” and many more. Each of the songs is presented in a simple, easy-to-play ukulele arrangement featuring both music notation and TAB, including chord grids, vocal parts, and lyrics.

Uke ‘An Play Jimmy Buffett is now available for $16.99. Pick up your copy at a local music retail store, or buy it today at alfred.com.


Tagged in Books, Miscellaneous

Buffett Touts Herman Wouk in Vanity Fair

March 25th, 2010


In the latest Vanity Fair, Jimmy Buffett writes about his friend Herman Wouk, with whom he collaborated on the musical Don’t Stop The Carnival:

Herman Wouk is one of the wisest men I have ever known. In aviation the best information comes from pilots themselves, in airplanes, not from air-traffic controllers or meteorologists on the ground, in some big air-conditioned office. In his new book, The Language God Talks, Herman sends us all a most valuable pilot report, since it comes from a man whose remaining time on this voyage, he concedes, is rather short. It has been a long time since I sat down and thought about the big questions, such as “Who are we, really?” and “Why are we here?” I have always been more comfortable being tagged a court jester than any kind of philosopher, but I am glad that my old friend keeps his page-a-day commitment to himself, thus extending, in The Language God Talks, a pilot report that we can all use.

Pre-order Wouk’s new book now at Amazon.com.


Tagged in Aviation, Books, Personal/Family

Billboard Article on New Album, Next Year’s Tour, and New Books

November 30th, 2009


Billboard has an interview with Jimmy Buffett that discusses the new album “Buffet Hotel”, next year’s tour, and two new books that he’s working on.

“Buffet Hotel”

Jimmy Buffett says he felt a greater level of engagement on his new album, “Buffet Hotel,” than he has on many of his other recent efforts.

“With a band this good and with people this good around you, you kind of get in a routine,” Buffett tells Billboard.com, acknowledging that previous “listening and fixing” was done primarily by Coral Reefer Band collaborators Mike Utley and Mac McAnally. But on “Buffet Hotel,” Buffett says that “we got back to doing things like we did in the old days. Instead of doing it in the afternoon, I said, ‘Let’s go back like we did in the old days and do those red wine and reefer vocals…at midnight.’ I’d get a little buzz on red wine and get my singing chops, get in that mood, and then I’d send ’em over the Internet to Utley and Mac and say, ‘Alright, I know they were midnight. You got red wine vocals there. You can throw ’em away or tell me what you think,’ and they’d go, ‘Do more of those!’ ”

Buffett and company previewed several of the songs during his 2009 concerts, notably “Summerzcool” and “Surfing in a Hurricane,” the first surf rock song he’s ever written.

“Mac told me on the last night of the tour we’d done seven of the new songs off the album over the summer, and I’d never done that before,” Buffett recalls. “Usually you’re lucky to get one or two songs from a new album into the show, so it was a complete reversal.”

2010 Tour

Buffett is planning a full-scale “Buffet Hotel” tour for 2010 and intends to start the year in Australia and the Pacific Rim. He’s toying with the idea of playing entire albums next year and hopes to play 1983’s “One Particular Harbor” in Tahiti. He’s also putting into motion into a special performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with “Buffet Hotel” guests Sonny Landreth and Toumani Diabate.

Film and Books

And while he says that he’s “out of the movie business” at the moment, Buffett is working on a documentary about his trip to Mali with director Margaret Brown.

Buffett also has two books in the works, a collection of short stories set in the Pacific and “a rock ‘n’ roll novel” called “Mudbath” that is “based on a real-life adventure, but hopefully you won’t recognize any of the characters.”

Read the full article here.


Tagged in Albums, Books, Interviews, Touring